When I was visiting my friend Adam from Travels of Adam in Berlin, Germany last summer, he took me to Hackescher Markt. It’s a bit of a touristy area close to Alexanderplatz, but the S-Bahn station is simply beautiful, with orange brickwork and steel arches. When the people of Flytographer suggested to do my shoot there, I immediately agreed (more on that next week!). Even more so, I hung around the area after we were ready to take my own photos as well.
There was one spot in particular I wanted to capture. At the beginning of the Rosenthaler Strasse, by Cinema Café and just off of Hackescher Markt, there’s a little alley you’d easily walk by without noticing it. The entrance is a bit dark, but if you go through you’ll enter a courtyard full of graffiti. And I’m not just talking tags, but huge works of street art. They’re always changing as well, so the graffiti you see now might be gone when you revisit Berlin after a few months or years.
The street art alone makes this alley worth a peek, but there’s more. There’s an exhibition space, another cafe and a weird MonsterKabinett – a basement filled with mechanical monsters. In the afternoon the place can get crowded, especially in summer when people flock together on the terraces of the cafes, but if you go there early in the morning, you’ll have the alley all to yourself. Photo time!
The street art at Hackescher Markt
My own Berlin apartment
I worked together with Only-apartments while I was in Berlin. Only-apartments has a wide selection of rental apartments in Berlin on offer for solo travelers, groups or families. When I arrived late at night, there was someone to let me in and explain how everything in the apartment worked. When I left again, I just needed to leave the keys on the table. No fuzz, it was great. I had my own place for an entire week which meant I could have a long breakfast in the morning, grab a last snack from the fridge when getting home late and basically chill in more than just a small room when I needed to.
And yet I wasn’t on my own. The first night I realized the heating in the living room didn’t work. I contacted Only-apartments and they got someone to fix it immediately the next day. It was a Sunday night when I emailed them, so I was pleasantly surprised I even managed to get a hold of them. The rest of the week was filled with hot showers, work at my own table, crashing on the couch and toast prepared in my own little kitchen. I could do this again!